I wish to welcome you all back to another school year at Rhydywaun. After a highly successful Summer where the school gained its best ever results at KS3 and KS4 (Level 2 threshold: 86% and Level 2 including English/Welsh and Mathematics 56%), it is a pleasure to welcome everybody back, in particular Year 7 and 12 pupils and those teachers who have joined us in September. As you will have noticed from the school website, the school continues to offer various experiences to pupils of all ages. Year 7 and 12 pupils spent three days at Llangrannog and the Physical Education Department held a prize giving ceremony with Andrew Coombs (past pupil and captain of Newport Gwent Dragons) and Aled Davies (discus gold medal winner in the London 2012 Paralympic Games) in attendance to present the pupils with certificates and trophies. The main prize of the evening was awarded to Honor Broadstock as she continues to excel for Disability Wales in the discus.
In addition to this, a cross-country event was held to all Year 7-11 pupils, the European Languages day was highlighted and a Poets Day was held for 50 AS and A Level students from Cymer, Cwm Rhymni, Llangynwyd and Gwynllyw at Rhydywaun where they met and listened to Myrddin ap Dafydd and Ceri Wyn Jones. We have also accepted an invitation from BBC Wales for the school choir to perform live on Children in Need on November 15th 2013 – this is quite an honour following a recent performance on ‘Dechrau Canu, dechrau Canmol’ on S4C. The school will also commence in the coming weeks on the initial preparations for the next musical, ‘Oliver!’ to be performed in 2014.